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The COA Newsletter features updates from the COA team, settlement partners, and other stakeholders abroad and in Canada (IOM, IRCC, Planning for Canada, Refugee Youth Program, Focal Point Partners, Referral Partners, UNHCR, etc.)

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    Global Program Manager Update – Newsletter no. 5

    As the Global COA Program Manager, I am delighted to release the fifth COA Newsletter, featuring stories from various COA training sites overseas as well as updates from partners in Canada. ...

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    COA and IRCC staff rendez-vous in Manila

    Philippines – The Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) program in Manila held meetings on May 2-3 with Canadian government officials from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines....

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    Planning for Canada: One Year On…

    On December 1st, 2016, Planning for Canada turned one, celebrating a year of growth, success, and pre-arrival services to newcomers to Canada. The highlight of our first year has certainly been our participants, hailing from all walks of life and every corner of the globe. From January to December 2016, Planning for Canada proudly served 6,605 participants, both in-person and online, from a total of 78 source countries. ...

  • From left to right:  Pablo Cevallos (COA Ecuador), Hend Osman (COA Egypt) and Ola El Soueni (COA Egypt)
    A Familiarization visit to Canada to learn about Refugee Resettlement programming: Montreal and Toronto

    I was thrilled to find out I had the opportunity to travel to Canada to learn all about refugee resettlement. As excited as I was to go - just like the refugees we serve in COA Egypt - I was also anxious, and had my fair share of worries about the weather as the work trip was purposely scheduled in February - the coldest month of the year! Although I had previously travelled to countries with cold, snowy winters, I still feared Canada’s infamous white winters....